1. Anti-abortion laws are the strictest in Latin America.
A 13-year-old child — pregnant after having been raped by a family member — recently caused a media storm when she was denied an abortion even though the fetus was found to be non-viable. Chile is one of five countries in Latin America with a total ban on abortion — the others being Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic.
Though some parliamentarians have tentatively pushed for reform — a bill proposal would allow the procedure for cases in which the mother’s life was endangered, rape, or non-viability of the fetus — the issue has been repeatedly tabled.
Those with the financial means, of course, often manage to find ways around these draconian laws. The vast majority of Chilean women and girls, however, are left with no options.